July 22, 2011
Designed by the naval architect Philippe Briand and decorated by interior designer Christian Liagre, the 220ft superyacht ‘Vertigo’ has been described as being ‘urban-at-sea’. This remarkable yacht, which is moored in New Zealand, comprises of a stunning city-like interior and an equally sophisticated exterior.
Instead of the usual portholes and conventional yacht deck features, Vertigo’s deck combines shiny-black floorboards, white-lacquered surfaces and custom-designed furniture and resembles a New York penthouse rather than the deck of a boat. Christian Liagre’s inspiration for Vertigo’s design was sparked by a client who requested their yacht felt like ‘urban-at-sea’.
The French interior designer Christian Liagire is a specialist in designing the interior of beach homes, particularly for the rich and famous. Artistic references and vivid details are the trademark of the influential designer, and a hallmark which Liagire has brought to the Vertigo.
The main lounge on the yacht is bathed in light from the glass walls that surround it. Talking about the Vertigo’s interior design, Christian Liagire said:
“The long sinuous longitudinal side cabinets create the link between all the spaces it visually extends the deck and can be read as the edge of an internal cockpit. All the furniture has been custom designed in order to match perfectly with the “sporty chic” of the yacht.”
On the outside this 220ft-long super-yacht is as awe-inspiring as it is on the inside, which has been designed by Philippe Briand, head designer at Briand Yacht design Ltd, and a passionate yachtsmen.
The Frenchman’s love affair with yachts began during the 1980s when he became involved in yacht racing and won two world championships. This interest in racing led Philippe Briand to become a qualified naval architect, of which he has become one of the world’s leading figures in the field.
With an architect and a designer this talented and influential working in collaboration, it is no wonder that the Vertigo has been described as a truly unique and ‘remarkable floating penthouse.’
For more information on Philippe Briand’s yacht designs visit philippebriand.com.